03/20/2010 ~ By Brian E Murphy
~ Quarterback Craig Nall was a 5th round pick in 2002 by the Green Bay Packers, but playing behind Brett Favre means you don’t get any action in the regular season. But Craig Noodles Nall did get some.
In 2004 Nall played in 5 games as Brett Favre’s backup at Green Bay. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns, with no interceptions, for a sensational passer rating of 139.4.
Nall also started for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 2003 and was the league’s leading passer.
In 2006, the chiseled, 6-3, Nall signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Buffalo Bills, where he competed for the starting quarterback position until a hamstring injury suffered on the second day of practice ended his involvement in the competition. In 2007, he fell on the team’s depth chart behind J.P. Losman and Trent Edwards. At the end of pre-season, he was cut from the team’s final roster. Early into the regular season he was re-signed by the Bills but was released shortly thereafter.
On October 29, 2007, Nall was signed by the Houston Texans as insurance when starter Matt Schaub was hurt against San Diego. He was released by the Texans on November 21, 2007
He signed a one-year deal with the Packers on December 1, 2007, after they released safety Marvelous Marviel Underwood. Nall became a free agent in the 2008 offseason.
Nall was re-signed by the Houston Texans on November 5, 2008 after another injury to Matt Schaub. He was waived on December 17 when the team signed cornerback David Pittman.
He was also one of two players initially signed after an open tryout held by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on August 22, 2009.
Where is he now?
Usually on a golf course somewhere in the McKinney-Frisco area of North Texas, hustling friends and neighbors for skins money. Nall’s golf game is solid, and long, but he needs work on his short game, especially the short chips.
Nall is still young, and has almost 20 years left to iron out the kinks and pursue a career on the PGA Champions Tour starting in 2029.
As for football, he’s still better than at least 20 QB’s on NFL rosters today, and still young enough to make a name (again) for himself. Afterall, he’s more than 11 years younger than Favre is. He just needs the right situation, and another chance. Who knows, maybe Schuab will go down again this season.
03/20/2010 ~ Brian Murphy ~
1 Off-Season Addition: CB Carlos Rogers, Washington
Ted Thompson has a proven track record drafting CB’s in Green Bay, and it’s not a good one. Look at the roster from top to bottom at the CB position, and even Thompson can see that he’s never drafted anyone who can cover. He signed Charles Woodson as a free agent. And Al Harris was traded for back before Thompson got here. Tramon Williams is the only other guy who has proven he can cover anyone in the NFL, and again, he was not drafted by Ted Thompson.
Rogers is a former top-10 pick, and at age 28, is just entering what is usually the prime years for a CB. He’s had an up & down first 6 years to his career. He’s not as talented as Woodson was coming out of Oakland, but he is a premiere talent, and his draft status in 2005 was justified. He’d like a change of scenery, and the Redskins have a new coach in Mike Shanahan, who isn’t afraid to make changes. ESPN’s John Clayton reported this winter that Washington might settle for a 5th round pick for Rogers. I will call it a 4th rounder, and a possible future conditional pick in case Rogers turns into a steal. In that case, the Packers might owe Washington another 4th or 5th round pick in 2011.
Sitting at #23, Ted Thompson sees 4 or 5 guys at the top of his board who are all still there, so he is happy to get a call from Tampa Bay, who is sitting with the 35th & 42nd picks, but really love somebody who’s sitting there at 23, and they know he won’t last til the 35th pick. Tampa Bay, in fact, had the guy rated as their 11th best player overall, so they package the 35th & 42nd picks to the Packers for the #23 pick, and a 6th rounder.
GREEN BAY SELECTS….
#35- Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
#42- Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillside College
#56- Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Rd 3- Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
Rd 4- Al Woods, DE/NT, LSU
Rd 5- Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Rd 6- to Tampa Bay
Rd 6 comp- Zoran Mesko, P, Michigan
Rd 7- Daniel Te’O-Nesheim, OLB, Washington